Oversight and accountability for diversity, equity and inclusion begins at the highest levels of the company and extends throughout the organization.
The GM Executive Leadership Team, chaired by our Chairman & CEO, serves as the company’s senior diversity council. Other diversity-focused councils within our organization include:
- Inclusion Advisory Board
- Supplier Council
- Employee Resource Group Leader Council
- Employee Resource Group Executive Councils
- Minority Dealer Development Council
- Women's Dealer Advisory Council
- Strategic Diversity Working Group
GM's diversity initiatives are routinely reviewed by the executive leadership team and the Board of Directors, both of whom are tracking progress through two key metrics: diversity in the overall GM population and diversity in hiring. We also measure promotions, performance metrics, interview slates and attrition to track our progress.
The Power of Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups that serve as a resource for their constituent members and a catalyst for promoting a diverse, inclusive workplace that aligns with the vision and core values of the company. We have 11 ERGs, with chapters across the U.S. and the globe, all working toward our corporate effort to make GM the most inclusive company in the world. Importantly, ERGs are fully open to anyone interested in joining, and we’re proud that one in three GM employees participates in an ERG. GM’s ERGs include:
- GM Able (People with Disabilities)
- GM African Ancestry Network (GMAAN)
- GM Asian Connections (GMAC)
- GM European Connections (GMEC)
- JumpStart (New Hires)
- GM LATINO Network (GMLN)
- Middle East North Africa Group (MENA)
- Native American Cultural Network (NACN)
- GM PLUS (LGBTQ and Allies)
- GM Veterans Group
- GM WOMEN
During the new-hire onboarding process, employees receive information about all of our ERGs. Through the ERG Welcome Liaison program, they can be paired with a member of an ERG of their choice for a short-term mentorship. This allows new employees to plug in to a resource network from their earliest days with GM.
ERGs benefit both the employees who participate and GM’s business. Through ERGs, employees gain access to a forum where they can share common concerns and experiences, gain mentoring and professional development support, network with peers in other parts of the company and engage in their local communities. Even employees who are not ERG members benefit from the cultural learning and programming that ERGs provide. ERGs organized many events in 2020 that were open to all, such as a conversation series called Blue Table Talk where GM leaders and employees shared their candid perspectives on topics such as unconscious bias, discrimination and how GM can improve DE&I efforts.
ERGs support our business by providing us with insights that help us better understand diverse and emerging consumer markets, while offering a platform for our employees to contribute to initiatives within our diverse communities. Each ERG also develops a plan to identify resources and provide suggestions for how the company can improve diversity in its talent acquisition, talent development, community outreach and business support.
ERGs provide valuable insights to our Talent Acquisition team to help them identify and cultivate diverse recruiting strategies. For example, JumpStart, our ERG for new hires, is working with senior leadership on a workplace of choice project to improve employee engagement in their first five years at GM. GM Able is focused on improving accessibility that will ultimately benefit everyone in the company. ERGs support GM’s bottom line in more direct ways, too. Since 2018, ERGs have held a sales challenge to help increase vehicle sales by being product ambassadors, bringing awareness of GM's products to communities, family and friends. In 2020, ERGs generated over $75 million in new vehicle sales as part of this challenge.
2020 Diversity Recognition
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CEO Mary Barra
Forum Hall of Fame
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